Free Series Explores Lincoln's Life

Ford’s Theatre Society will sponsor the free Living Lincoln Series beginning Feb. 16.

The Monday night series will explore the different dimensions in the life of Abraham Lincoln through various lectures, discussions, and performances. It commemorates the grand reopening of Ford’s Theatre and is also part of the Bicentennial celebration.

Free tickets can be reserved through the organization or by visiting Ticketmaster. All presentations are 90 minutes long with the exception of Lincoln in Love, which will run for two and a half hours including the intermission.


Feb. 16: Lincoln Seen and Heard, a words-and-images show following Lincoln from his days in Congress through the American Civil War, featuring actor Sam Waterston and scholar Harold Holzer.

Feb. 23: Storyteller Jon Spellman presents Lincoln as Storyteller.

March 2: Conan O’Brien and Joshua Wolf Shenk will present Lincoln as Humorist.

April 13: Lincoln and Shakespeare on Freedom’s Stage, a presentation in collaboration with the Shakespeare Theatre Company exploring Lincoln’s love of The Bard.

April 20: Dr. Edna Medford will moderate a discussion titled Race and Emancipation in the Age of Lincoln.

April 27: Oratory in the Age of Lincoln will be presented.

May 4: Reading of The Rivalry about the Lincoln-Douglas debates with special guest actors.

May 11: Lincoln as Commander In Chief will be presented by author and historian James McPherson.

May 18: The reading of a musical, Lincoln in Love, based on the film Young Mr. Lincoln.

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More Events:

Lincoln's Road: The Georgetown Law Center will host an exhibit featuring paintings and drawings of Lincoln by artist Chuck Levitan. On display through Feb. 28.

The Emancipation Proclamation: The National Archives will display the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln in time for Presidents’ Day. Feb 12-16.

The American Paintings - Lincoln's Era: A collection of American paintings will return to the National Gallery of Art after more than 18 months and features works created during Lincoln's presidential term. Begins March 1.

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